USFR Weekly Recap - July 30-31, 2011

August 1, 2011 09:07 AM
 

THIS WEEK ON U.S. FARM REPORT
EPISODE #1981
JULY 30-31, 2011


JOHN’S OPEN:
HELLO AND WELCOME TO U.S. FARM REPORT, I'M JOHN PHIPPS. ECONOMISTS AT FARMDOC DAILY, HAVE DISAPPROVED OF THE USE OF THE TERM "DEMAND DESTRUCTION" AS MISLEADING AND TECHNICALLY WRONG. BUT IN OUR STORY THIS MORNING ABOUT THE DECIMATION OF THE CATTLE HERD DUE TO DROUGHT AND FEED COSTS, IT'S HARD NOT SEE THE TERM AS ACCURATE, AS LEAST FOR CASUAL USE. THE COWS GOING TO SLAUGHTER NOW WILL NOT BE HAVING CALVES TO ENTER FEEDLOTS AND WIND UP IN MEAT DISPLAYS AT THE GROCERY STORE. AND EVEN IF RAIN AND CORN PRICES FALL ABUNDANTLY - WHICH IS NOT THE FORECAST - THE LEAD TIME TO REBUILD THE HERD IS YEARS. LET'S GET TO THOSE STORIES.....HERE'S AL PELL.

COTTON STRUGGLES: THANKS JOHN. TEXAS MAY GET SOME MUCH-NEEDED RELIEF THIS WEEKEND FROM TROPICAL STORM DON. BUT, IT MAYBE TOO LATE TO SAVE MUCH OF THE COTTON CROP. TEXAS A&M AG ECONOMIST JOHN ROBINSON SAYS THERE IS A RECORD NUMBER OF COTTON ACRES GETTING ABANDONED IN WEST TEXAS. THOSE FIELDS ARE PRIMARILY NON-IRRIGATED. A TROPICAL STORM COULD BRING BADLY NEEDED TO RAIN TO RE-PLENISH PARCHED GRAZING LANDS AND FILL-UP FARM-PONDS AND STOCK TANKS. BUT IN TERMS OF CROPS AND HAY, THE EXTENSION SAYS IT PROBABLY WON'T HELP MUCH. WITH ABOUT SEVEN MILLION ACRES PLANTED, TEXAS PRODUCES ABOUT HALF OF ALL COTTON IN THIS COUNTRY.


CATTLE PRICES: CATTLE IN THE SOUTHERN PLAINS AND SOUTH CONTINUE TO FILL UP SALE BARNS, AS RANCHERS LIQUIDATE THEIR HERDS. ACCORDING TO ECONOMISTS AT OKLAHOMA STATE, FEDERALLY REPORTED AUCTIONS HAVE SEEN A 56% INCREASE IN FEEDER CATTLE SALES AND A 200% INCREASE IN COW AND BULL SALES COMPARED TO A YEAR AGO.

CHIP UPDATE: MEANWHILE, THE MARKET IS WATCHING WEATHER IN THE CORNBELT AND UN-RESOLVED DEBT ISSUES IN WASHINGTON. PRO FARMER EDITOR CHIP FLORY HAS A MARKET UPDATE.

CROP WATCH: IN CENTRAL KANSAS A GROWER SAYS THEY HAVE HAD AN INCH AND A HALF OF RAIN SINCE JANUARY. HE SAYS ALL OF THE DRYLAND CORNER IS COOKED AND MOST CHOPPED FOR FEED. SOME FIELDS ARE LOOKING OKAY AND ACROSS THE ROAD IT IS A TOTAL DISASTER. HE CALLS THIS CROP A REAL CRAP SHOOT. WE ARE OFF TO CORN COLLEGE FOR A TUTORIAL IN MARKET. THE DISCUSSION BEGINS IN JUST 2 MINUTES.

ROUNDTABLE: OUR MARKETING ROUND TABLE DISCUSSION THIS WEEK TAKES US TO FARM JOURNAL CORN COLLEGE IN HEYWORTH, ILLINOIS. HERE IS AL PELL. WE HAVE A WHOLE GROUP OF FARMERS WHO GROW CORN IN THE UNITED STATES. THE FIRST QUESTION I'M GOING TO SEND RIGHT TO KEN BECAUSE HE IS HERE AND THERE ARE A LOT OF QUESTIONS ABOUT WHAT IS THE HEAT DOING TO THE CORN CROP NOW, KEN? DEPENDS A LITTLE BIT ON WHERE YOUR CORN CROP IS AND WHAT STATE IT IS IN RIGHT HERE IN CENTRAL ILLINOIS. I THINK PRETTY MUCH THE WHOLE STATE OF ILLINOIS IS IN POLLINATION RIGHT NOW. THIS IS GROW TIME FOR THE CORN AND IT IS PROBABLY THE TOUGHEST WEEK WE COULD SEE THESE KIND OF TEMPERATURES. WE ARE IN GOOD SHAPE AS FAR AS THE CROP LOOKS AND IT IS PUSHING SILKS AND POLLEN PRETTY GOOD. I THINK WE WILL GET POLLINATED THAN OTHER AREAS. THERE MAY BE POLLEN DEATH AND WE MAY NOT BE ABLE TO GET THE POLLINATION DONE. I THINK POLLINATION WILL GO OFF WITHOUT A HITCH BUT IF WE CAN'T COOL THESE NIGHTS OFF WE MAY HAVE PROBLEM. YOU ARE IN BETTER SHAPES THAN SOME OF THE OTHERS YOU HAVE BEEN? I HAVE BEEN UP THROUGH PARTS OF WISCONSIN AND IOWA. I WOULD SAY IOWA IS EVEN BETTER AS FAR AS THE CROP GOES THAN WE HAVE HERE IN ILLINOIS. FROM HERE SOUTH WE PICK UP SOME WATER DAMAGE. THE REPORTS COMING IN FROM THE EAST AND SOME OF THE REPORTS COMING IN FROM INDIANA AND OHIO DON'T SOUND SO GOOD MUCH SOUNDS LIKE THEY ARE QUITE AWAYS BEHIND IN MATURITY WHICH MIGHT HELP IF IT COOLS OFF AND STARTS RAINING WHEN WE GET RID OF THIS HEAT. WHEN YOU GET CORN ROLLED UP FOR WEEKS ON END AND IT IS NOT SHOULDER HIGH YET IT WILL HURT. TOO EARLY TO TALK ABOUT HOW MUCH YIELDS WILL BE REDUCED. CERTAINLY AREN'T GOING TO BE INCREASED ARE THEY? I WOULD HAVE TO SAY WE ARE TAKING BUSHELS OFF THE TOP AND THAT TOP IS YOUR POTENTIAL. SO THE BUSHELS ARE SLIPPING AWAY FROM US. THE KEY WILL BE IN THE NEXT TEN DAYS, TWO WEEKS IS WHAT HAPPENS TO NIGHTTIME TEMPERATURES. IF WE CAN'T GET NIGHTTIME TEMPERATURES DOWN IT WILL START SLIPPING AWAY WITH US. THE NIGHTTIME TEMPERATURES ARE CRITICAL TO THE CORN. I DIDN'T REALIZE THAT. WE NEED THAT TEMPERATURE BACK DOWN TO THE MID-60S AND LOW 70S AND COMING THROUGH THE NIGHT IN THE MID-80S IT IS PRETTY TOUGH ON CORN. THAT BRINGS UP ANOTHER QUESTION. I'M GOING TO GO TO BOB. SOMETIMES THEY SAY ONE THING AND THEN TWO, THREE WEEKS LATER THEY SAY SOMETHING ELSE, BOB. WHAT IS GOING ON THERE. THIS YEAR HAS BEEN ESPECIALLY VOLATILE. THE ACREAGE REPORT GOING IN WITH THE FLOODS, EVERYBODY THOUGHT WE WERE GOING TO SEE AN ACREAGE DECLINE. THE MARKET GOT BLINDSIDED WITH AN INCREASE AND THE MARKETS WENT THROUGH A DRAMATIC BREAK INTO THE MONTH OF JUNE AND JULY. NOW WE ARE SET OFF BUT THE RESURVEY FOR THE AUGUST REPORT AND THE EXPECTATION IS GROWING THAT THERE WILL BE A REDUCTION. THAT FACT PLUS WHAT WE JUST SAID ABOUT THE YIELD, BE IS CAUSING --THAT'S THE BULLISH FACTOR IN THE MARKET. UNCERTAINTY HOW MUCH ACREAGE IS IN THE MARKET. BUT IF YOU GO BACK IN HISTORY AND LOOK AT ALL WEATHER MARKETS THE MARKETS ALWAYS GET FROSTY AT THE TOP. GET UNREALISTIC. UNREALISTIC EXPECTATIONS IN. HOW HIGH IS HIGH? I THINK THE EMOTIONS. SUMMER HIGH WILL BE THE HIGHEST HIGH AND THEN IN THE SECONDARY HIGH THERE BE IN FEBRUARY, MARCH AS WE TRY TO BUY ACRES. SO FROM A FEED BUYERS STANDPOINT HOW BIG A CORRECTION A LOT OF PEOPLE --HOW HIGH ARE WE GOING TO GO? I THINK WE WILL TRY TO TEST THESE OLD HIGHS. NEXT FOUR OR FIVE DAYS. YOU GOING TO GIVE ME A NUMBER HOW HIGH. YOU CAN DREAM ANY WAY, CAN'T YOU, MARK? I DON'T BELIEVE IN THROWING BIG NUMBERS OUT THERE. OKAY.  I DON'T THINK IT DOES THE AMERICAN FARMER ANY GOOD TO LOOK FOR SOME PIE IN THE SKY NUMBER. WHAT I WILL TELL YOU IS YOU HAVE PIE IN THE SKY PROFITABILITY TODAY. AND SOMETIME IN THE NEXT TWO WEEKS I AGREE WITH BOB, WITH ALL THIS FERVOR IN THE MARKET AND CONDITIONS OUT THERE, WE PUSH THE PRICES BACK UP. BUT KEEP IN MIND WE HAD THAT HARD DOLLAR BREAK. WE RALLIED. EVERY TIME YOU GO THROUGH A VOLATILE BREAK AND RALLY BACK THAT TAKES ENERGY OUT OF A MARKET AND I FIRMLY BELIEVE IT WILL BE TOUGHER AND TOUGHER TO EXTEND THESE NEW HIGHS MUCH PAST IN MY OPINION THE NEXT COUPLE WEEKS. NOW, IF WE STAY DRY WITHOUT RAIN IN THE NEXT WEEKS WE CAN MOVE SIGNIFICANTLY HIGHER. IN 20 SECONDS HOW DOES THAT RELATE TO BASEIS? VERY STRONG WITH THE OLD CROP. WE DON'T SEE IT GETTING ANY BETTER. THE AMERICAN FARMERS SOLD OUT OF THAT. NEW CROP BASEES DRAGGED OUT BECAUSE OF THE OLD CROP. OKAY, WE WILL BE BACK WITH MORE U.S. FARM REPORT IN JUST A MOMENT. WE ARE IN HEYWORTH, ILLINOIS. A LOT OF REALLY GOOD QUESTIONS FROM OUR AUDIENCE TODAY. A MAN ASKED ARE WE IN A NEW PLATEAU IN MARKETS. WE USED TO TALK ABOUT $1.50, $2 CORN, $2.50 CORN. WHAT DO YOU THINK? I BELIEVE THE AMERICAN FARMER HAS BEEN TOLD OVER THE LAST 25 YEARS WHEN WE HAD $4 CORN IN THE 80s, $5 CORN IN THE 90s, $8 CORN IN 2008 YOU WERE IN A NEW PLATEAU AND PRICES WERE NEVER GOING DOWN AGAIN. AND YOU GUYS, MANY OF YOU BELIEVED THAT. I PERSONALLY DON'T BELIEVE THAT WE ARE AT ANY NEW PLATEAU. WHAT WE HAVE IS A NEW SPIKE IN THE MARKET AND WHAT HAPPENS IS WHEN YOU GET THIS KIND OF PROFITABILITY IN A MARKET YOU'RE GOING TO SEE PRODUCERS ALL OVER THE WORLD COMING IN. THE WORLD IS GOING TO PRODUCE MORE CORN. WHAT'S HAPPENING TO DEMAND AT 8- DOLLAR CORN, THE DEMAND IS GOING DOWN. FARMERS AROUND THE WORLD ARE ABOUT TO RAISE MORE OF WHAT THE WORLD WANTS LESS OF. AT SOME POINT I DON'T KNOW HOW HIGH PRICES ARE GOING TO GO IN THE NEXT TWO WEEKS OR FOUR WEEKS BUT I CAN TELL YOU EXACTLY HOW LOW THEY ARE GOING TO GO IN THE NEXT 18 MONTHS. WE TALKED ABOUT THIS IN THE BREAKOUTS YESTERDAY. AT SOME POINT WE WILL GO BACK UNDER THE COST OF PRODUCTION. NOW, THAT PLATEAU, THAT COST OF PRODUCTION MAY NOW BE $4.50 OR $5 A BUSHEL WHERE FIVE, TEN YEARS AGO IT WAS $3 OR $2 A BUSHEL. SO MAYBE WE HAVE LOWERED THAT BOTTOM END OF THESE MARKETS BECAUSE OF THE INPUT COSTS BUT IT DOESN'T MEAN THAT WHEN WE ARE AT $8 CORN DOESN'T MEAN WE ARE GOING BACK TO $5 OR $4 A BUSHEL. WHATEVER THE COST OF PRODUCTION IS DOWN, I WANT TO ASK YOU A QUESTION. WE TALK A LOT ABOUT THE UNITED STATES DEBT, WE TALK ABOUT THE FACT OUR DOLLAR DECREASES IN VALUE. WHEN IT DOES WE CAN SELL MORE AROUND THE WORLD, RIGHT?
CORRECT. WHAT IS THAT DEBT THAT WE ARE HAVING IN THIS COUNTRY GOING TO DO TO AGRICULTURAL? I THINK IT IS FINALLY COME TO WASHINGTON THAT THEY HAVE GOT TO GET DEBT UNDER CONTROL. THEY ARE GOING TO KICK THE CAN DOWN THE ROAD THEY ARE NOT GOING TO HAVE THE BIG BILL. I THINK THERE WILL BE A POLITICAL ISSUANCE UNTIL 2012 AND WE HAVE GOT A POLICY DECISION LONG-TERM DO WE WANT A SOCIALISTIC COMPANY OR PURE COMPETITION ECONOMY. OBVIOUSLY I THINK THE GOVERNMENT NEEDS TO BE LESS BUT I DON'T THINK THAT DECISION NEEDS TO BE MADE. BUT THE NET IMPACT ON FARMING IS GOING TO BE --I THINK WE ARE GOING TO HAVE A NEGATIVE REPERCUSSION BECAUSE WE WILL HAVE TO START INCREASING SUPPLIES AND I THINK THAT WILL BE A CONSERVATION RESERVE THAT WILL BE KNOCKED OUT AND FARM PROGRAM. BECAUSE REMEMBER THERE ARE SO FEW FARMERS OUT HERE AND POLITICALLY THEY CAN GO AFTER THEM AND NOT AFFECT THE GENERAL POPULATION. SO I THINK LONG-TERM FARMERS ARE GOING TO GET LESS SUPPORT FROM THE GOVERNMENT. SO WHEN THESE HIGH PRICES ARE BEING OFFERED, THESE HIGH PROFITS, YOU NEED TO BE FOCUSING ON HOW CAN YOU BE SHORT IN THE MARKET AND STILL SURVIVE IF YOU GET A WEATHER SCARE MARKET AND THAT MEANS SOMETIMES YOU'VE GOT TO BE SHORT FUTURE AND SOMETIMES OPTIONS. USE ALL THREE TOOLS IN YOUR MARKETING PLANS. ALL TALK ABOUT AGRICULTURAL. I'M GOING TO KEN. HE NORMALLY DOESN'T GIVE NUMBERS. I'M GOING TO ASK HIM, KEN, IN THE LAST 20 YEARS HOW MUCH WAS THE AVERAGE YIELD INCREASE AND WHAT ARE THEY GOING TO DO IN THE NEXT 20 YEARS? I KNOW YOU'RE GOING TO SHAKE YOUR HEAD AT THE NEXT ONE. YOU HAVE INCREASED IN THE LAST 20 YEARS, HAVE YOU NOT? YES. PROBABLY WOULDN'T BE IN BUSINESS IF I DIDN'T. BUT I DO REMEMBER SITTING DOWN WITH CLIENTS AND WRITING YIELD GOALS AND YIELD RECOMMENDATIONS OF 160, 170-BUSHEL AND THINKING WE WERE PUSHING AND DREAMING ABOUT 200. NOW WE ARE WRITING YIELD GOALS FOR 240, 250, 260 IN THIS AREA. IT IS A CHANGE. BUT THERE HAS BEEN A TREMENDOUS AMOUNT OF YIELD ADDED IN THE LAST FIVE YEARS AND IT HAS BEEN TO TECHNOLOGY CHANGES AND SEED AND EQUIPMENT AND EVERYTHING ELSE. AND AT THIS POINT I DON'T THINK THAT WILL SLOW DOWN. YOU MENTIONED TWO OR THREE THINGS AND TECHNOLOGY. IT IS NOT ATTRIBUTED TO ANY ONE CHANGE. IT IS NOT ONE THING IT IS USUALLY A SERIES OF THINGS BACKED UP BY MANAGEMENT AND WHEN MORE MONEY COMES INTO THE INDUSTRY WE CAN IMPLEMENT MORE TECHNOLOGY AND JUST KIND OF FEEDS ON ITSELF. AND AT THIS POINT I THINK THE YIELDS ARE GOING TO CONTINUE TO DECLINE. WHENEVER YOU RAISE 250, 260, 280, WHATEVER YOU ARE GOING TO RAISE IN TERMS OF CORN DOES IT COST MORE PER BUSHEL? NO, IT ACTUALLY STARTS TO SHRINK A LITTLE BIT. YOUR COST OF PRODUCTION, FIX COSTS AND STUFF IN THERE AND IN A LOT OF CASES THE GUY TAKING OUT 240-BUSHEL CORN VERSUS A GUY TAKING OUT 180 THERE ISN'T THAT MUCH DIFFERENCE IN THEIR ACTUAL FIXED COSTS. SO THERE IS JUST SOME BEARABLE COSTS IN THERE THAT COME ALONG WITH DRYING THE CORN AND TRUCKING IT, PAYING TAXES AND THINGS LIKE THAT. THANK YOU, KEN, MARK, BOB. WE WILL BE BACK WITH MORE U.S. FARM REPORT IN JUST A MOMENT.

JOHN’S WORLD: AS IF WIND TURBINES AREN'T CONTENTIOUS ENOUGH, I EXPECT ANOTHER HOT TOPIC OF ENERGY PRODUCTION TO ARISE SOON, ESPECIALLY IN THE EASTERN U.S. THANKS TO A TECHNIQUE NICK-NAMED "FRACKING", ENORMOUS NEW RESERVES OF NATURAL GAS ARE NOW AVAILABLE FOR EXTRACTION. THE IMPACT OF THIS DISCOVERY IS REFLECTED IN BOTH THE FACT THE U.S. IS ONCE AGAIN THE LARGEST EXPORTER OF NATURAL GAS, AND THE REMARKABLY LOW PRICE. WHILE NATURAL GAS WON'T DIRECTLY SUBSTITUTE FOR OIL FOR TRANSPORTATION FUEL IT COULD EASILY END OIL-GENERATION OF ELECTRICITY. POSSIBLY AS SOON AS 2018, NG COULD OVERTAKE COAL AS OUR MAJOR FUEL FOR ELECTRICITY. THIS GOOD DEAL IS NOT WITHOUT DRAWBACKS, AS THOSE WHO ARE ALREADY DEALING WITH THIS NEW TECHNOLOGY WILL DOUBTLESS TELL. THE CONTROVERSY CENTERS ON THE IMPACT ON WATER WELLS FROM THE HIGH-PRESSURE MIXTURE USED TO FRACTURE SHALE. MY READING OF THE RESEARCH TO DATE IS INCONCLUSIVE SINCE VERY FEW LARGE SCALE STUDIES HAVE BEEN DONE. GIVEN OUR DEMAND FOR DOMESTIC SOURCES OF ENERGY IT'S HARD NOT TO SEE A RUSH TO DEVELOP THE HUGE MARCELLUS SHALE FIELD IN PENNSYLVANIA, OHIO, AND NEW YORK, OR EVEN A SMALLER DEPOSIT IN INDIANA. AN OBVIOUS COMPROMISE FOR WORRIED LANDOWNERS WOULD BE TO MAKE THE CONSTRUCTION OF A RURAL WATER SUPPLY THE FIRST STEP IN NEGOTIATING DRILLING RIGHTS. LET US KNOW WHAT YOU THINK.... SEND EMAILS TO MAILBAG@USFARMREPORT.COM OR CALL AND LEAVE US A VOICE MAIL.

2ND HALF:
JOHN’S OPEN:
HELLO AND WELCOME TO U.S. FARM REPORT, I'M JOHN PHIPPS. IT'S NOT LIKE WE COULDN'T SEE THIS COMING, BUT OUR LEAD STORY ABOUT CLOSING RURAL POST OFFICES WILL CAUSE NO SMALL AMOUNT OF SADNESS. AMAZINGLY, MY SMALL FACILITY WAS SPARED WHILE THREE NEARBY OFFICES ARE ON THE LIST. GIVEN THE FACT THAT THE POST OFFICE IS BLEEDING RED INK, AND ITS LARGEST COST IS PERSONNEL, I DON'T SEE MUCH HOPE FOR A REPRIEVE. MORE OMINOUSLY, THE 2010 CENSUS WILL SIGNIFICANTLY REDUCE THE RURAL VOICE IN STATE LEGISLATURES AND CONGRESS. WITHOUT POPULATION GROWTH, STORIES LIKE THIS WILL BE COMMON, I PREDICT. BUT IT ALSO ILLUSTRATES THE CURRENT BOOM IN GRAIN FARMING IS NOT ENOUGH TO RESUSCITATE RURAL AMERICA. LET'S GET STARTED WITH THE HEADLINES AND AL PELL...

POST OFFICE CLOSURES: THANK YOU JOHN. IF YOU LIVE IN RURAL AMERICA, YOUR LOCAL POST OFFICE MAY BE ON THE VERGE OF CLOSING.  THE U.S. POSTAL SERVICE ANNOUNCED THIS WEEK IT MAY SHUT-DOWN AS MANY AS 3,700 POST OFFICES TO REIGN-IN ITS DEBT PROBLEM. USPS IS LOOKING AT A SEVEN BILLION DOLLAR LOSS THIS YEAR. ABOUT HALF OF THE PROPOSED CLOSINGS ARE IN RURAL LOCATIONS. INSTEAD OF A TRADITIONAL POST OFFICE IN THOSE SMALL TOWNS, THE POSTAL SERVICE WANTS TO CREATE A "VILLAGE POST OFFICE". IN EFFECT, IT WANTS TO UTILIZE LOCAL STORES AND GAS STATIONS FOR BASIC POSTAL NEEDS. WITH COMPETITION FROM THE INTERNET, AND SHIPPING FIRMS LIKE FED-EX AND UPS, THE POSTAL SERVICE HAS STRUGGLED. ALL STATES, BUT DELAWARE, ARE ON THE LIST. WE'LL PUT A LINK ON OUR WEBSITE THAT HAS A STATE-BY-STATE BREAKDOWN OF WHICH POST OFFICES ARE TARGETED FOR CLOSURE.

BUTTER SCULPTURE: IT'S PRETTY COMMON PRACTICE FOR STATE FAIRS TO OFFER SOME KIND OF BUTTER SCULPTURE AS A WAY TO CELEBRATE THE DAIRY INDUSTRY. BUT THIS YEAR'S DESIGN AT THE OHIO STATE FAIR IS CERTAINLY "OUT OF THIS WORLD." THREE SCULPTORS SPENT MORE THAN SIX WEEKS TURNING NEARLY A TON OF BUTTER INTO THE COCKPIT OF A SPACE SHUTTLE. THE DISPLAY RECOGNIZES THE RECENT RETIREMENT OF THE SPACE SHUTTLE PROGRAM. OHIO HAS MADE SIGNIFICANT CONTRIBUTIONS TO FLIGHT AND SPACE EXPLORATION. ASTRONAUTS JOHN GLENN AND NEIL ARMSTRONG CAME FROM OHIO. SO DID THE WRIGHT BROTHERS. SO, THE AMERICAN DAIRY ASSOCIATION THOUGHT IT WAS ONLY "RIGHT" TO HAVE A "BLAST" WITH BUTTER. THE SCULPTURE INCLUDES A FLOATING ASTRONAUT WHO IS EATING FREEZE-DRIED ICE CREAM INSIDE THE COMMAND CONTROL. THE OHIO STATE FAIR RUNS THRU AUGUST SEVENTH IN COLUMBUS.

HEARTLAND GRIDIRON GARDEN: FROM PEE-WEES TO PROS, TEXANS LOVE TO PAD-UP AND HIT THE GRIDIRON. BUT AT ONE COLLEGE IN DALLAS, PLAYERS NO LONGER BATTLE IT OUT UNDER THE LIGHTS. INSTEAD THIS GRIDIRON NOW 'SPORTS' A GARDEN. AS TOLD BY MATT FELDER OF THE TEXAS FARM BUREAU, THIS PATCH OF LAND IS A BIG WIN FOR A STRUGGLING COMMUNITY. PAUL QUINN COLLEGE IS A PRIVATE, FAITH-BASED, COLLEGE SERVING PRIMARILY AN AFRICAN-AMERICAN POPULATION. THE COLLEGE PRESIDENT GOT RID OF THE FOOTBALL PROGRAM IN 2008.

BAXTER BLACK: THIS WEEK, BAXTER BLACK TELLS US ABOUT UN-LEASHING A LASSO TO CORRAL A CANADA GOOSE. WHEN WE COME BACK, TRACTOR TALES AND OUR COUNTRY CHURCH SALUTE...PLEASE STAY WITH US.

TRACTOR TALES: AL REJOINS US THIS MORNING...I UNDERSTAND WE'RE LOOKING AT A PRETTY BIG MACHINE THIS WEEK. JOHN, WE WERE IN SOUTHWESTERN MICHIGAN LAST WEEKEND FOR THE 28TH ANNUAL RIVER VALLEY POWER AND ANTIQUE SHOW. THIS OVER-SIZED ALLIS CHALMERS WAS ON DISPLAY ALONG WITH MANY OTHERS. THE OWNER OF THIS MEGA MACHINE SAYS THE TIRES ALONE COST HIM NEARLY $1,400. NEXT WEEK WE'RE OFF TO THE EAST COAST FOR A LOOK AT A FULLY RESTORED JOHN DEERE "A". WHILE THIS TRACTOR IS A SHOWCASE AT SOME LOCAL ANTIQUE SHOWS, IT STILL PULLS ITS WEIGHT ON A 400 ACRE FARM.

CHURCH SALUTE: TODAY'S COUNTRY CHURCH SALUTE GOES TO SALEM MENNONITE BRETHREN CHURCH OF BRIDGEWATER, SOUTH DAKOTA. THE CHURCH JUST CELEBRATED ITS 125TH ANNIVERSARY. ACCORDING TO MARY ANN GROSS WHO SENT US THE INFORMATION, FIVE FAMILIES STARTED THE CHURCH. THEY SHARED GOD'S WORD IN A ONE-ROOM SCHOOL HOUSE MADE OF SOD. EVENTUALLY, THE CONGREGATION BUILT A CHURCH AND IT WAS USED UNTIL 1966 WHEN A NEW BUILDING WAS CONSTRUCTED. MANY OF THE FORMER PASTORS RETURNED TO THE CHURCH FOR THE ANNIVERSARY CELEBRATION TO REFLECT ON THEIR MANY YEARS OF MINISTRY. CONGRATULATIONS TO SALEM MENNONITE BRETHREN CHURCH OF BRIDGEWATER, SOUTH DAKOTA. AS ALWAYS WE WANT TO LEARN ABOUT YOUR HOME CHURCH AS WELL... SALUTES CAN BE SENT TO THE ADDRESS ON THE SCREEN. STAY WITH US - THE MAILBAG IS NEXT.

MAILBAG: TIME NOW FOR OUR WEEKLY LOOK INSIDE THE FARM REPORT MAILBAG....FROM MARTY WITTIG IN ILLINOIS - "NOW THE FEDS WANT TO DO WHAT THE GOVERNOR COULDN'T. TAX/LICENSE FARM TRACTORS AND EQUIPMENT THAT TRAVEL ON THE ROAD. EVERY PIECE OF EQUIPMENT WOULD GET A LICENSE PLATE AND PAY A FEE EVERY YEAR WHETHER YOU DRIVE IT ONE DAY OR EVERYDAY ON THE ROAD." MARTY, I HEAR YA TALKING, BUT I DON'T HAVE MUCH GOOD NEWS. ILLINOIS LIKE MOST STATES IS HARD PRESSED FOR REVENUE, SO FEES ARE BEING EYED AS ONE PLACE TO FIND SOME CASH. TRUCK REGISTRATION HAS GOTTEN REALLY EXPENSIVE. BUT THIS IS A FEDERAL ISSUE INVOLVING THE FEDERAL MOTOR CARRIER REGULATIONS AND FARMER EXEMPTIONS FROM RULES APPLIED TO ALL OTHER TRUCKS. ONE OF THE MORE INTERESTING CHANGES, AS YOU POINT OUT IS REQUIRING MOTORIZED EQUIPMENT LIKE COMBINES THAT TRAVEL LONG DISTANCES ON PUBLIC ROADS TO BE TREATED MORE LIKE OTHER VEHICLES. THE NOW COMMON PRACTICE OF FARMING IN SEVERAL COUNTIES HAS DOUBTLESS CONTRIBUTED TO THIS REVIEW. WE HAVE BEEN FORTUNATE TO AVOID A GREAT DEAL OF REGULATION THAT THE TRUCKING INDUSTRY HAS DEALT WITH FOR YEARS, AND I DOUBT THIS DISTINCTION WILL BE ALLOWED MUCH LONGER. FIRST OF ALL, OUR TRUCKS AND EQUIPMENT ARE ON THE ROAD MORE AND PRESENT SIMILAR HAZARDS AND LOADS, IF NOT WORSE. MORE IMPORTANTLY, IT IS HARD TO CRY HARDSHIP WHEN WE MAY JUST BE THE STRONGEST SECTOR IN OUR ECONOMY. FINALLY, I DON'T SEE IT AS ONEROUS TO BE TREATED LIKE EVERYONE ELSE. AS ALWAYS, WE WANT TO HEAR FROM YOU, SEND COMMENTS TO MAILBAG@USFARMREPORT.COM OR LEAVE US A VOICE MAIL AT 800-792-4329.
 

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